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It is hardly to be expected, that an Author, whom the Public

have honoured with some degree of applause, should not be again a

trespasser on their kindness. Yet the Author of MARMION must

be supposed to feel some anxiety concerning its success, since he is

sensible that he hazards, by this second intrusion, any reputation

which his first Poem may have procured him.

The present Story turns upon the private adventures of a

fictitious character ; but is called a Tale of Flodden Field, because

the hero's fate is connected with that memorable defeat, and the

causes which led to it. The design of the Author was, if possible,

to apprise his readers, at the outset, of the date of his Story, and

to prepare them for the manners of the Age in which it is laid.

Any Historical narrative, far more an attempt at Epic composition,

exceeded his plan of a Romantic Tale ; yet he may be permitted

to hope, from the popularity of THE LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL,

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that an attempt to paint the manners of the feudal times, upon a

broader scale, and in the course of a more interesting story, will

not be unacceptable to the Public.

The Poem opens about the commencement of August, and con

cludes with the defeat of Flodden, 9th September, 1513.

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DRAWN AND ENGRAVED BY S, SLY, AND ASSISTANTS.

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5. TAIL-PIECE. BANNER, DAGGER, &c. OF JamFs IV., FOUND AT

FLODDEN. THE BANNER PRESERVED IN THE Advocates' Library,
EDINBURGH; THE DAGGER IN THE HERALDS' COLLEGE, LONDON .

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6. NORHAM CASTLE

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(Original Drawing.)

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7. MARMION.

(Original Drawing. The Armour from specimens of the period.)

“ His eye-brow dark, and eye of fire,

Show'd spirit proud, and prompt to ire;
Yet lines of thought upon his cheek
Did deep design and counsel speak."

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8. PURSUIVANTS

(Original Drawing. The Costume from contemporary MSS )
“ Two Pursuivants, whom tabards deck,
With silver 'scutcheon round their neck,

Stood on the steps of stone,"

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